Digital Libraries Network is for health librarians and trainers in the UK, interested in promotion and training.

Monday, August 15, 2005

NLH RSS Directory - Preview

Dear all
We're now pleased to be able to offer you the preview version of the NLH RSS Directory, available from the Preview link on the right hand side of the NLH homepage - www.library.nhs.uk.
The directory is designed to be both browsable by categories, and searchable. For those who are new to RSS, there are help files and tutorials to get you started, available from the right hand column of the directory itself.
The directory is still being populated with feeds - if you would like to submit a feed for inclusion, you can use the link on the right hand side of the page.
We'd be grateful for your feedback and comments on the directory before we go for a full launch later in the year - these can be sent to nelh@cfh.nhs.uk

Best wishes

Friday, August 12, 2005

Evaluating training

Hi all
This week's Training Zone has an interesting article about evaluating training - the whole thing's at http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=143940&d=680&h=608&f=626

To summarise, the article talks about Kirkpatrick's 4 levels of evaluation - level 1 being the type of "happy sheet" that's often given out at the end of a session to see how satisfied people are with the session. It goes on to say:

"Whenever I am involved in an evaluation project, I advocate getting rid of the smile sheet completely, and replacing that tortured questionnaire with one closed question, plus an open follow-up to encourage respondents to reveal what really matters to them: “Would you recommend this course to a friend or colleague? Why or why not?” The response tells you unambiguously about the level of satisfaction of the learner, and any clarification offered tells you about the issues that really matter to that learner. That’s more than is called for at Level 1."

I think the article has a point - and it makes collating your evaluations a lot easier too!
Any thoughts, ideas, or examples of other useful questions that could be used to get an idea of how your sessions are being received?


Monday, August 01, 2005

Health Libraries Week (14 - 18 November 2005)

For Health Libraries Week this year, we’re planning a national media campaign to complement the local awareness-raising campaigns that you undertake within your organisations.

We’re able to make use of the NHS Connecting for Health Media Relations team, who have suggested that the best way to sell a story to the media is to use case studies that demonstrate how library services (both electronic and physical) are used by frontline staff, and are ultimately benefiting patients.

We will use case studies in our communications materials including newsletters, leaflets, web copy, articles and some media relations activity. We will also build a database of case studies that you will be able to draw on for use in your own organisation’s publications, newsletter, etc.

The template has been designed to help us to gather the key information we need from you and your library users. However, we may contact the individuals concerned to gather further information, hence the need to ask for contact details.

If you have local champions, library users, trainees or other examples of people who would be willing to share their experiences of how they use library services and how they have helped benefit patients, please ask them to fill in the template, and either email back to nelh@cfh.nhs.uk or post to Fran Wilkie, NLH, Aqueous 2, Rocky Lane, Aston Cross, Birmingham, B6 5RQ.

In order to get articles into journals for November, we need to have responses back by 31st August, please (although responses returned after that time can be added to the database).

The template can be found at www.nelh.nhs.uk/dlnet/casestudytemplate.doc or follow the link from www.nelh.nhs.uk/dlnet